SPLM Rival Factions Pledge To Re-Unite After Tanzania Dialogue

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In short
SPLM split in January last year following accusations leveled against its vice president Riek Machar, Secretary General Pagan Amum and 4 others of subordination of party structures and corruption among many other charges. Riek Machar, who had immediately started a rebellion formed the SPLM in Opposition to challenge Salva Kiir, the party chairman and president of the country.

Details of a knit agreement geared towards the reconciliation of the South Sudan civil war are still scanty but official government sources confirm 95% of a document has been agreed to.
 
 
A meeting, summoned by the Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete in his capacity as the party chairman of the Chama Cha Mapenduzi  (CCM) ruling party of Tanazania resolved that the SPLM wrangles are resolved through dialogue and an immediate ceasefire should be effected. A document with the detailed plan towards a peaceful resolution and ceasefire was also agreed to and signed by both parties. 
 
 
CCM has been trying to negotiate a peaceful end to the party wrangles in the South Sudanese ruling party SPLM.
 
 
SPLM split in January last year following accusations leveled against its vice president Riek Machar, Secretary General Pagan Amum and 4 others of subordination of party structures and corruption among many other charges. Riek Machar, who had immediately started a rebellion formed the SPLM in Opposition to challenge Salva Kiir, the party chairman and president of the country.
 
Following the disagreement, the CCM party offered to mediate the wrangles and also help with internal party cohesion.
 
 
It is this backdrop that the meeting yesterday arrived at a document geared towards a reconciliation and EastAfrican Leaders were called in to show support to the agreement.
 
 
Uganda's President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni also attended the meeting and pledged his support. Sarah Kagingo, the special presidential assistant on communication updated her Facebook status saying that the meeting was a re-unification of the 3 warring SPLM factions and that it had resolved fully that the party reunites.
 
The meeting that happened at Ngurdoto Lodge Hotel in Tanzania lasted 8 hours and was concluded with a signing ceremony of a document that had been agreed upon and shared by the leaders and the warring factions.
 
The SPLM in opposition spokesperson Garang De Mabior said they are preparing a press statement to address the events of yesterday that involved their leader Riek Machar. He also tweeted on his account that their leader had endorsed the document as a foundation for peace. 
 

 

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Raymond Mujuni
Raymond Mujuni is a URN journalist based in Kampala. Mujuni has been a URN staff member since 2013.

Presently a Law student at Makerere University, Kampala, Mujuni started out as a freelancer for URN in 2012.

Mujuni is an investigative journalist, especially interested in Security, Science and Technology. An avid sports fan, Mujuni volunteers with the charity organisation 40 Days/40 Smiles.